Will Wiles on the “real” architecture of Foster and Aravena

  • Opinion: while many architects are designing slippery “architexture”, Norman Foster and Alejandro Aravena are unlikely allies in the pursuit of real architecture, says Will Wiles.
  • What could we call the new, expanded, discipline that Foster and Aravena both appear to have in mind?
  • Perhaps we don’t need a word for it at all – it’s architecture, behaving as architecture should.
  • Architecture as surface and appearance, architecture that is camouflage and alibi.
  • Aravena calls for a rethinking of the role of the architect, and new language to express that role.